[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ans of The Sims will be pleased to hear that EA Games have finally announced the release of a long-awaited The Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack. Fittingly, the expansion pack (that will be released for PC and Mac on June 22nd), will be entitled The Sims 4 Seasons.
Features of the new expansion include
Four different seasons. Prepare to wrap-up for winter, or swelter in the summer sun.
Seasonal Activities. From summer pool parties, to winter ice-skating.
Calendar and Holiday Celebrations. Celebrate traditional holidays as well as creating your own. Exchange gifts with friends and family, maintain traditions, and even entertain special guests.
Gardening Career. Green-fingered Simmers will even be able to start a career in gardening, as either a botanist or a flower arranger.
The new addition to the beloved series is described in more depth here, in a light-hearted manner which the kooky series is notorious for.
EA games have already made the game available for pre-order. The game can be pre-purchased here for £34.99.
Fans have impatiently waited since 2014 for a season-themed expansion, and have only recently been graced with the pet-themed expansion pack, The Sims 4 Cats+Dogs.
Pets and Seasons aren’t the only things we’ve had to wait for. Upon it’s release in 2014, there was an outcry over the game’s lack of pools and toddlers. This lead to a hasty patch from developers, in order to appease the aquaphiles and broody hens.
The Sims 4 may be lacking in certain elements, but snow makes everything better right? ❄
A few months ago for my Games and Digital writing module at university, I found myself sifting through hundreds of game art images to add to a Pinterest board which demonstrated the aesthetic of a hypothetical video game. As well as discovering lots of amazing concept art on Deviant Art, I stumbled across two games currently in development that I never knew existed. The first game was HK Project, a neat cyberpunk themed game where you explore a futuristic Hong Kong as a cat. The second was Eastward. I was captivated by the beautiful art style of Eastward, and really wanted to share my discovery with readers of My Potato Games. My only issue was that no matter how hard I searched, I couldn’t find a lot of information about the game. Aside from a website post by game developers Pixpil Games dating back to 2015, and a greenlight page for the game on Steam (which was last updated in 2016), the game remained rather elusive. I pondered over whether the project was even still active, and decided to put the game out of my mind.
I thought nothing more of the game. That is until I logged into Twitter two days ago. To my greatest surprise, Chucklefish had announced that they were partnering with Pixpil Games to complete Eastward! Since then, a lot more information regarding the game has become available. We have high hopes for Eastward, as Chucklefish are the masterminds behind popular farming sim Stardew Valley, as well as the highly anticipated magic school game, Witchbrook, which you can read more about here.
Chucklefish’s blog contains the following information about Eastward:
Eastward is an adventure game combining RPG elements, with a visual style inspired by 90s Japanese animation. The game was built around pixel artist Hong Moran’s original intricate post-apocalyptic pixel designs, and the team’s joint love of the Mother and The Legend of Zelda series, inspiring them to create a narrative-driven RPG with a soft sci-fi storyline.In the not-too-distant future, the world around is falling to ruin, as the human population shrinks to an all-time low. You play as a hardworking digger named John, who discovers a mysterious young girl in a secret facility underneath his digging site. After being exiled from his village, John must guide this girl through dangerous decaying cities, inhabited by hordes of monsters and a quirky cast of characters!
Eastward’s emotional story and beautifully rich and vibrant world has been brought to life using a combination of 3D lighting and retro-pixel style artwork, powered by a game engine of Pixpil’s own making. Development on the game started in 2015 with only 3 studio members, and since then has grown to match the game’s ambition, also bringing on board the talents of soundtrack composer Joel Corelitz (Hohokum, The Unfinished Swan & The Tomorrow Children, Gorogoa) and sound design from Irish studio, Hyperduck Soundworks.
Meowza games recently released a newsletter, updating fans on the game’s progress. In light of this, we have decided to post an update containing all the latest information we have about the game. For those who are unfamiliar, Mineko’s Night Market is an upcoming cat-themed PC game. For more information about it, click here.
Twitter user Kukubee has recently been teasing fans about Mineko’s Night Market merchandise.
Talented Kukubee expressed hope that the cute pouches will soon be available to purchase on the game’s Etsy store. She also hinted that other items may be up for sale as she attempts to ‘build up some inventory’.
Meowza games have announced that a Whole demo of the game will be streamed on Twitch. The stream will take place on May 10th at 2:00 pm (PST) and again at 9:00 pm (PST) here. There will also be a small giveaway held during the demo.
Meowza have been busy ensuring the game is completed to an exceptional standard. Game updates include:
– A Quest system! The system is now in place and we are busy pumping out the remaining story content. Each quest is a handcrafted unique experience including: sneaking past guards to find missing artefacts, preparing a perfect meal for a special guest, and exploring a mysterious haunted lighthouse!
– Beginning work on implementing the Journal. You can now keep track of your Quest progress and Relationships in your Journal. Soon to add: Food, Discoveries and Collectibles!
– An overhaul of the Night Market/bartering system.
– Having re-written Item and NPC interactions for optimization and future-proofing it for localization work.
– Lots of bug fixes.
The newsletter also contained a free phone wallpaper, if you want to be part of those adorable giveaways make sure you sign up for the official newsletter here.
For an exclusive interview with Brent the creator of Mineko’s Night Market head over here. You can now also wishlist the game on steam.
April is shaping up to be quite a month for gamers. Tons of new games are hitting the market, and it’s hard to decide which ones to get, and which ones you actually want to play! We have made a list of the 5 Upcoming Games to Look Forward to in April. Check out the list below!
The Big Journey (Steam – 20/04/18)
The Big Journey is a cute adventure game for mobile and PC. In the game, you play as a cat who is ‘hungry for food and excitement’. Described as a game ‘designed for kids and adults alike’, this beautiful tilt game featuring a cat named Mr. Whiskers is sure to delight both cat lovers and casual game enthusiasts. You can purchase the game here on the 20th April.
The Swords of Ditto (Steam – 24/04/18)
The Swords of Ditto is a highly anticipated action RPG PC game with an art style reminiscent of popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. Experience unique adventures as different characters in an attempt to defeat the evil Mormo. With a vibrant village and dangerous dungeons to explore, as well as a plethora of cool characters, tempting treasure and brilliant battles, the game is perfect for wannabe heroes and heroines. The game will be released on 24/04/18, but can be pre-ordered (with a 20% discount) here.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Switch – 24/04/18)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a comedic RPG game based on the popular adult cartoon TV series South Park. The Fractured But Whole is a sequel to the popular 2014 game South Park: The Stick of Truth. The game has received mixed reviews on Steam mainly due to issues running it with 3rd party launcher Uplay. That aside, the game is considered to be very good, with many fans believing it lives up to (or surpasses) its highly acclaimed predecessor. South Park fans disappointed with the PC version of the game will be able to enjoy it on Nintendo Switch when it is released on April 24th. ( Get it here )
Hello Kitty Kruisers (Switch – 24/04/18)
Initially released for the WiiU back in 2014, Hello Kitty Kruisers is an upcoming 3D racing game for Nintendo Switch. The game features Hello Kitty, as well as other popular Sanrio characters. The game can be played in single player mode, or with up to three other players in multiplayer mode. As you progress through the game you can also unlock new outfits for Hello Kitty and her friends. The game will be released on the 24th April. ( Get it here )
Death Road to Canada (Switch – 25/04/18)
Death Road to Canada is a popular road trip simulator game with pixel graphics. It was first released on Steam in July 2016. Gameplay is randomly generated, giving players a unique story each time they play. Explore cities, recruit weirdos, rescue dogs and fight swarms of slow-moving zombies. The game will be released for Switch on the 25th of April where it can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop. Alternatively, you can purchase it on Steam here.
Check out our list of the 15 best 3DS games of all time here. And don’t miss out on the 15 cutest Nintendo 3DS games of all time here.
[dropcap]K[/dropcap]ynseed is a sandbox RPG simulation with beautiful graphics. It is not dissimilar in appearance to Rakuen and Stardew Valley. The game allows you to make choices and therefore carve your own unique story. You even get to continue your legacy after your character’s death by stepping into the shoes of your descendants. The game is being developed by the creators of the Fable series, and is set to be released as an early access on Steam at some point in early 2018.
Live your life in a quirky world where everyone ages and dies, including your pets! Take control of the mystical Kynseed and grow your family legacy over generations as you pass your skills and powers down to your children.
Run a tavern, apothecary, goods store or blacksmith. Farm your land. Go adventuring and battle dark faery tale creatures. Or do them all. The choice is yours.
Develop relationships with NPC’s who have their own lives and loves, and who will remember your deeds, actions and pranks!
Find and use Proverbs to unlock the secrets of each ingredient, creature and inhabitant of a place where folk tales are all true.
Gather the materials to create better items, craft beers or to mix cures for a range of bizarre maladies for the simple people of the land.
Deal with the mysterious Fae gentleman, Mr Fairweather and buy strange artifacts from him that aid your chores, help you in combat or let you just mess with the world….but be aware of the life tax he extracts annually!
In Kynseed, live your lives the way you choose in a lovingly hand-crafted and huge 2D open world.
Kynseed main Features
An Aging World
The land is affected by your choices and deeds. Seasons come and go and affect the world both visually and in gameplay.
Living Things Have Memory and Grow Old
Individuals and animals grow old and eventually die. Families remember your good deeds or wrongdoings for generations.
Unique Life Mechanic
Pay the mysterious Mr Fairweather for powerful upgrades and revivals, at the cost of years from your life! Will you miss out on your child’s development to buy that music box that makes dragons dance? Will your business suffer because you bought a pet cat that turns people to stone?
Wander from The Path and indulge in meaty combat against various nasty faery tale creatures that guard the materials and loot you need to become the greatest in the land.
Meaningful Relationship System
Build friendship into romance and produce heirs to continue your legacy. Do favours for others and not only gain friendship but also juicy information and gifts.
A calendar keeps you up to date of festivals and events. Learn where and when the best ingredients grow. Attend various competitions, annual fayres, and don’t you dare be late for a date!
Monsters and Creatures
They’re more than just sword fodder. Each creature has a sim and their own traits that you can take advantage of. Remember, even dragons need to go to the bathroom now and then. (That wasn’t a pile of gold that Smaug sat on!)
Run Your Business
Own a tavern and craft beers with bizarre effects. Be a blacksmith and forge weapons and tools to order. Manage your apothecary and mix cures for a variety of bizarre poxes and curses.
A Land Where Superstitions Are True
Heed the advice of the Old Fishwife and the locals to find out everything from where the rarest items can be found to where and when the best places to conceive are! We’re not just a little stitious. We’re super stitious.
Every village has their own customs and quirks. Visit the annual cheese bowling rite and encounter Wiki Men, Fred Barleycorn and wear the Trousers of Fertility, as passed down through generations. (I really hope they wash them…)
Hunger dictates combat prowess so a proper breakfast before some monster slaying goes a long way. Discover and use proper recipes though, and you can take your fighting to the next level, or even use the Traits in food to distract, weaken or even scare away enemies!
All items and materials, have unique traits. From medicinal to hallucinogenic, shrinking to fattening…Want to feed laxatives to herds of sheep and lead them through town? The creative possibilities for fun are endless.
Be Friends with Animals
Domestic animals and critters have opinions of you based on your actions. If they like you enough they may just let you ride them!
No mythical world would be complete without music to go with it. The title music has been made by Russell Shaw but also helping us out with some beautiful world music is Matthijs den Daas. Here’s a couple of tracks you can expect to hear in our prototype. We’ll be adding much more music as development continues.